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Eames fiberglass shell chairs

Postby markjudep » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:28 am

Anyone have any tips on how to clean and polish Eames fiberglass shell chairs?

I'm sorry if this has already been addressed somewhere but I can't figure out how to search topics.

Thanks,
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Postby Miguel » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:44 am

I've always had luck cleaning most of the dirt that accumulates over the years with Windex. Although, for tough stains and adhesive from tape, etc, I usually rely on Goof-off.

Once the shell is clean from major dirt, stains, etc, then it can be polished with a plastic polishing product, such as Novus #2:
http://www.instawares.com/novus-plastic ... u=GMP-5526
For very large scratches, start with Novus #3, then go over with Novus #2.
You might have to reapply to get enhanced shine.

Keep in mind that earlier shells don't have a lot of shine to them because the fiber content is much higher.

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Postby mjhaynes21 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:55 am

i use a mr. clean magic eraser (works amazingly) then i use a product called nu finish to put the shine back, its found at a your local auto parts store

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Postby SDR » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:16 pm

There might be some useful info here:

http://www.designaddict.com/design_addi ... d_id/5979/
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Postby Slim and Gabby » Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:46 pm

I found a chair about four years ago that was a real dog, but it was $2.50! What I did to restore it was sand it smooth, with 600-grit paper. Then I re-stained it by mixing a little bit of enamel paint ( close to the same color ) and paint-thinner, rub it on with a rag, you don't need much; you just want to fill in the small imperfections in the surface. Once this had dried/cured, I went over it with 000-steel wool to get anything that was still sticking up. Finally, I used a semi-gloss urethane clear-coat to seal it up: my chair looks perfect! You don't need a lot of "stain", just enough to get into the oxidized surface, otherwise, it will get into the nice fibers, and look too even in color; does this make sense?
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Postby SDR » Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:28 pm

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:34 pm

Off topic: thanks; we're going to put double pane windows in, and WE WILL FORCE THE INSTALLER TO LEAVE THEM! We're going to just butt the pebble-glass up against the new windows. We've never seen this treatment to windows before, and frankly, it would look strange without them now. We have amber and lavender glass too! To mimic the glass, I painted the panels between the beams, on the walls near the door, all different colors to give it a Mondrian-like effect:

http://orangeinorbit.tripod.com/art/mon ... tion_a.jpg

http://www.plan59.com/decor/decor004.htm

Every once in a while, I see this effect in old images, but no so much in newer aps; I wonder why?
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Postby JGropp » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:55 pm

I had four Eames Chairs in my Bellevue office
(for 24 years). They looked brand new when I
moved my office home intending to slow down
a bit. However Mid-Century Modern has come
back in a big way- so I've got lots to do for the
buyers of my and other architect's MCM homes. Jerry

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Postby tomb » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:07 pm

Whats the best way to date a vintage Eames shell chair? I picked up a quartet today supposedly circa 1957. Theyre perfect but i want to know, just to know.

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Postby wwilber » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:12 am

I've had good results with Penetrol for restoring the shine. It is a paint conditioner for oil based paints, but also conditions fiberglass. Restores dull color and adds a moderate sheen, not super glossy. Easy to use too, and Home Depot, Lowes, etc. carries it.

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:07 pm

MMMMMM, Crest! Not only is it good for yer teeth, it makes a dandy rubbing compound too! I've done a lot of automotive refinishing, and found this works exceptionally well on faded paint, especially if I know the person I'm doing the work for is super picky about keeping the "original" finish.
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Postby hood » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:49 pm

do you use crest the same as you would a polishing compound?

rub it in, then buff it off?
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Pen-gu-ins is pracatically chickinz, and I hates to see chickinz cry so much, I has to put’em outta ther mizzery!

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